UK Elementary School Bans Kids From Doing Cartwheels And Handstands
Just wrap them head-to-toe in bubble wrap and send them to school.
Children have been doing handstands and cartwheels on school playgrounds for as long as there have been schools and playgrounds, but one elementary school in England is having none of that. The school has banned the practice, along with all forms of “gymnastics,” on the playgrounds, The Telegraph is reporting.
Emma Hermon-Wright, the head teacher at Old Priory Junior Academy in Plympton, says that allowing children to do handstands at her school has led to injuries, so they’re now banned.
“Following a number of minor incidents we took action to ban these gymnastic activities during play and lunch. Through PE lessons in primary schools, pupils are carefully taught to develop movements of their bodies in safe, controlled and supported ways. At playtime our children were not performing these in such a way and pupils were attempting gymnastic movements beyond their capability. This was resulting in injuries.”
Ms. Hermon-Wright did not give any specifics of the types of injuries children at her school have sustained from doing cartwheels and handstands.